Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Evergreen from Rare Tea Republic

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Rare Tea Republic

Product Description:

Beautifully crafted leaves and well-balanced flavor speak to Jun Chiyabari’s mastery of the art of tea making. This splendid selection, grown ecologically in Nepal’s Dhankuta district, is a tea with a rich, buttery aroma, a smooth mouth-feel and a sweet, clean flavor reminiscent of asparagus and lemon. Plucking date: May 15, 2011.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a fantastic green tea.

The above description is pretty spot-on.  I can taste the notes of asparagus and lemon, in fact, that is exactly what I tasted when I first took a sip, before even reading the description.  It reminded me of asparagus that had been steamed with thin slices of lemon on top; the lemon slowly infusing into the asparagus as it becomes tender from the heat. I can even taste a hint of butter in there.  YUM! 

The mouthfeel is light and silky soft, and there is just a hint of astringency at the tail that cleans the palate, and imparts a tangy note that further emphasizes the aforementioned lemon-y notes.

Overall, this tea tastes incredibly fresh and light.  It’s an invigorating kind of tea, one that is an absolute pleasure to sip.  Very rich in flavor and texture, but at the same time, it has such a crisp, uplifting kind of feeling to it.

This is an absolutely wonderful green tea – highly recommended!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

2 thoughts on “Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Evergreen from Rare Tea Republic

  1. Thank you for commenting!

    I have one of those countertop water filters – the kind you pour water in the top and it filters the water into a pitcher below – and I use this to filter all the water that I use. According to the city reports, our city’s water is quite drinkable without the filter, but, for me, it’s either filter or bottled water, I can’t drink straight from the tap (maybe I’m spoiled?) and I don’t like to use bottled water to brew tea because the chemical composure is off (lacking in oxygen).

    I kept the water temperature low, as I generally do for greens. I don’t recall the exact temperature (I don’t usually make a note of it unless I need to for the purposes of the review to let them know that it was an unusually lower temperature than I would normally use for a green tea, for example) … and my default temperature for greens is 170 degrees F. This seemed to work perfectly for this particular tea, as it turned out delicious.

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